Balblair launches new core range with age statement

The distillery presents a 12, 15, 18 and a 25 year old release

Saying good bye to the "only vintages" strategy, back to a core range of age statement whiskies - Inver House Distillers announced a redesign of the Balblair range, introducing the four key whiskys on which the future portfolio will be based.

In the UK, the new Balblair Single Malts will now enter the market, the global roll-out as in GermanY, France, Russia and China, will follow in April. In a press release Inver House Distillers introducs the four new bottlings, the design of which is less colorful than in previous Balblair intage releases. According to this information the new Balblairs are:

Balblair 12-Year-Old

46% abv, matured in American oak ex-bourbon and double-fired American oak casks

Colour: Polished gold

Aroma: Elegant bright lemon peel layered with creamy vanilla and crisp green apples

Palate: Ground spices and dried orange slices enveloped in intense set honey sweetness

Finish: Creamy and leathery with notes of sweet vanilla

Balblair 15-Year-Old 

46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts

Colour: Bright amber

Aroma: Leatherwood honey and spicy gingerbread followed by juicy prunes and fresh lemon peel

Palate: Velvety in texture, bursting with dark chocolate, tropical fruit and spices

Finish: Long and mellow with notes of creamy vanilla and citrus Balblair 18-Year-Old

46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first-fill Spanish oak butts

Colour: Oiled cedar

Aroma: Rich toffee and baked pears shine bright against an elegant backdrop of new leather 

Palate: A masterful balance of juicy apricots, seasoned oak and vanilla custard

Finish: Long and warming with chords of fresh spices and raisins

Balblair 25-Year-Old

46% abv, matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks then reshaped in Oloroso Spanish oak 

Colour: Hot copper 

Aroma: Indulgent overripe apricots and dark liquorice stand out against polished oak and a touch of saddle wax

Palate: Full-bodied with oily citrus, chocolate praline and a faint note of fresh tobacco leaf 

Finish: Warming with smooth chocolate and blood oranges

 

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